Punta Bardini snow conditions

SNOWPACK OBSERVATION
Old Growth Trees
Submission Info
Forecaster
Tuesday, March 5, 2019 - 3:00pm
Red Flags: 
Recent loading by new snow, wind, or rain
37° 36' 35.8416" N, 118° 57' 41.112" W
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

I went for an afternoon tour up Punta Bardini ridge to get a gauge on how the new snow is bonding to the old.  Leaving the car around 11 moderate snowfall was already affecting visibility and there was ~3”~ of fresh snow on the ground.  Snowfall intensified throughout the afternoon and finding the propane tanks were relatively difficult on my return a little after 3.   

Surprisingly little wind was noted on my tour today. Winds felt downright calm in the old growth on my ascent.  On the ridge top around 9800’ I noted moderate wind speeds out of the SSW, though only thin pockets of soft wind slabs were noted.  

Digging a quick pit at around 9400’ showed a right side up snowpack with some developing surface instabilities.  (CTE8 15cm↓, CTM14 35cm↓, ECTN 16 35cm↓) 

No recent avalanches or wumphing were noted on my tour today but some localized cracking was observed while breaking trail.  Several hand sheers, kick turn tests and jumping on steep test slopes showed no signs of instability. All in all, I found a pretty bomber right side up snowpack bonding well to the buried rain crust.  

Snowpack photos: 
Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
No
Cloud Cover: 
100% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Moderate
Precipitation: 
Snow
Air temperature trend: 
Cooling
Wind Direction: 
Southwest
Accumulation rate: 
Greater than 1 in. per hour
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